Staff and students at Hartlepool College are starting the academic year on a high note.
They have received a glowing recommendation from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
The Board has commended Hartlepool College of Further Education and its staff and students from the construction trades for another year of successes, both in and out of the classroom.
Sean Johnston, Head of School for Construction, said: “It has been another fantastic year of results for the team in brickwork, joinery, carpentry and painting and decorating and it’s nice for that to be recognised.”
The college, ranked in the top 17% of general further education colleges across the country, received the commendation from Jeremy Wright, area delivery manager for CITB.
Mr Wright said: “Hartlepool College’s construction students are once again setting high standards which are a credit to themselves and their college.
“With the construction industry set to grow over the next few years, these students will be at the front of the queue for the best career opportunities.”
The construction trades are seeing an increase in activity.
CITB’s latest figures predict that 224,000 new jobs are set to be created throughout the UK in the next five years. College bosses are similarly seeing a growth in interest in construction courses.
Mr Johnston said: “We are seeing a resurgence in interest in the construction courses at the college and that is largely due to the increase in employment and the opportunity of apprenticeships.
“Many of our former students are now returning to the college to enhance their skills and take on the next apprentice in their companies.”